San Fernando Valley Business Journal


Game Change

Software morphs work routine with ‘gamification’Changing its game: 10-year-old firm shifts focus and gamifies training and performance tracking for call/contact centers.

By Carol Lawrence September 19, 2016 midnight   $$ Share

Regulators Kill A Hit Painkiller

RETAIL: Smoke shops huffing as stimulant kratom illegalized.

Now that popular supplement kratom will become illegal, what’s the next step for retailers?

Galpin Auto to Trick Out Custom Truck

Ed ‘Big Daddy’ Roth vehicle on floor at North Hills speed shop.

North Hills’ Galpin Motors stands to gain by restoring pickup of custom car icon, Ed “Big Daddy” Roth.

Listen Up, Fast Pitch Contenders

Valley entrepreneurs reach final round for investor presentations.

What will five minutes get you? Local finalists in Women Founders Network pitch competition hope it’s investors.

Hackathon Highlights Innovators

Event designed to put practical technology in Valley economy.

Valley Economic Alliance hosts problem-solving hackathon to prepare high school students for the next steps: college and jobs.

The Number

Valley hosts worst commute – and one of the costliest – in the country.

Recycling Goes Organic

ENVIRONMENT: New rule on waste disposal creates opportunity for Ecco-Technologies.

Ecco-Technologies expects new food-waste recycling requirements to feed business.

MannKind Joins Hunt for EpiPen Replacement

BIOTECH: Price controversy could open market for year-old research project.

Amid fervor over spike in cost of insulin-based EpiPen, MannKind attracts shareholder attention for its own insulin inhaler.

CW Proves Superheroic in Adapting to TV Tastes

ENTERTAINMENT: Streaming video, millennial habits impact network’s evolution.

How superheroes and social media propelled the CW Network to success.

Robots Ready to Take on Warehouse Workload

AUTOMATION: Machine twins Grabit and Transit live up to their names.

An Agoura Hills company is changing how goods are moved in large warehouses with two robots it invented.

Restaurants Proliferate Across Valley Region

FOOD: Mainland Poke opens in Caruso’s new Glendale development.

The local restaurant industry is looking at some healthy expansion this fall, with new eateries cropping up around the Valley just in time for early holiday shoppers.

Pilot Program Studies Hospital-Doctor Handoff

MANAGEMENT: Clinics, Valley Presbyterian partner under three-year grant.

In 2014, Valley Presbyterian Hospital received more than $1 million in grant money to change the way hospitals communicate with primary care providers.

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Coach for Counsel

David Ackert borrows from his former acting career when teaching lawyers how to woo potential clients.

David Ackert, president of consulting firm Ackert Inc., switched from TV actor to entrepreneur.

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SPECIAL REPORT: Private Bankers Like the Valleys

What’s in Westlake Village and the Valley that’s attracting private banking operations?

SPECIAL REPORT: Mergers for Money

National Bank of California’s local branch shifts focus through merger with Commercial Bank of California

College Crowd Demands Upscale Apartments

DEVELOPMENT: Amcal sells 579-bed student housing complex for $68.5 million.

Agoura Hills affordable housing developer Amcal Multi-Housing Inc. has just sold its first student housing complex since diversifying into market-rate units.

Around the Valleys

News and notes from the greater San Fernando Valley

Semtech Corp. beat Wall Street estimates on adjusted earnings and revenue in its 2017 fiscal second quarter.


Calendar of events

Traffic Is Not Like the Weather

L.A. needs to get mad about traffic congestion; why businesses like Proposition 54.

Thumbs Up for New Burbank Terminal

Voters will decide whether to update the airfield’s facilities to comply with security and technological advances.

Approving the proposed replacement terminal for Hollywood Burbank Airport would take it into the 21st century.

For Lawmakers in Sacramento, That’s a Wrap, Folks!

VICA’s victories and losses in Sacramento.

‘Silicon Suburb’ Takes Shape in Santa Clarita Valley

TECHNOLOGY: Skilled workers, city incubator fuel startups.

What do tech companies know about Santa Clarita that other businesses don’t?

Bison Market Getting Beefier

FOOD: Antelope Valley rancher gets high price for low-fat meat.

Antelope Valley bison join the herd with new presence on menus.

Consignment Shop Opens in Luxury

Village at Westfield Topanga welcomes a new type of tenant.

Step into the Westfield Topanga Mall’s first-ever consignment shop.

For Founders, Exit Strategy Gets Gamey

Valley author’s new book offers advice on selling a business.

Lawyer and author Matt Crowley’s new book outlines how to sell your business.